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Autumn by Guiseppe Arcimboldo

Cross stitch chart or kit from the Scarlet Quince Renaissance Fine Art Collection.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi) (1527 – July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books — that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognisable likeness of the portrait subject.

Arcimboldo's conventional work, on traditional religious subjects, has fallen into oblivion, but his portraits of human heads made up of vegetables, fruit, sea creatures and tree roots, were greatly admired by his contemporaries and remain a source of fascination today. Art critics debate whether these paintings were whimsical or the product of a deranged mind.

This piece is of a Renaissance "man" composed entirely from autumn fruits, vegetables, grains, and leaves. Though he seems realistic at a glance, his coat is made of barrel staves, his nose is a potato, his chin is a pomegranite, his mustache is a chestnut burr, his hair is bunches of grapes, his hat is a pumpkin, his beard is millet, his ear is a mushroom, and so on. He is one of four seasons: we also offer Spring, Summer, and Winter. (1573)

Approx: 19" x 16" or 49 x 41cm - when worked on 18ct.

You can also choose to have this design in kit form - list of DMC threads used.

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